Whale Watching near Cape Town, South Africa Welcome to Gansbaai, home of the Marine Big 5.
Trip Summary 06 July 2022:
A chill in the air did not stop us from going out on our Marine Big 5 adventure today! With sunny skies and no swell, we were fortunate enough to come across many of the various species that we encounter in our bay. Both trips had caught a glimpse of the Mola Mola (Sunfish) early in the trip as well as had some spectacular sights of two Humpback whales moving swiftly on their migration route. Geyser Rock was brimming with seal activity as we entered shark alley and we were excited to see that the African Penguins were out and about, not only on Dyer Island but also out at sea. Luck was on our side as we encountered a second whale species when a Bryde’s whale and her young one were spotted in the bay. The shark cage diving vessels did not disappoint as they gave us a good look at Bronze Whaler sharks as well as our iconic Great White shark. Our second trip of the day were also lucky to have encountered some Indian Ocean Humpback Dolphins on their way into the harbour! with a 4/5 and a 5/5 today, what more could we have asked for!
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What species did we see today?
Bronze Whaler Shark Humpback Whale Brydes Whale Great white sharks Cape fur seal African Penguin Indian Ocean Humpback Dolphin
Humpback dolphins are an endangered species, with small populations living very close to shore, typically in water less than 25m deep and an average home range of 120km. Their proximity to land makes these animals particularly vulnerable to human influence.